In this innovative and ambitious global history, distinguished economic historian Amiya Kumar Bagchi traces the global history of human change and survival under the sway of capitalism since the voyages of Columbus. Writing with extraordinary range and depth, he offers a critical analysis of the history and human costs and consequences of development in Europe and North America, and in major regions such as India, China, Japan, and Africa. Bagchi critically characterizes the emergence and operation of capitalism as a system driven by wars over resources and markets rather than one that genuinely operates on the principle of free markets. His unflinching examination of the human toll-in the periphery as well in the core nations-includes not only economic processes and issues of inequality within and among nations, but also the intertwining of economics and war-making on a world scale. Bagchi's compelling vision will change the ways in which we think about many of the largest issues in the world history and development over the past 500 years.
Amiya Kumar Bagchi is the founder and director of the Institute of Development Studies in Calcutta, India.
Part I: Conceptual Issues: Human Development and Capitalist Growth Chapter 1: The History of Human Development as the Subject of History Chapter 2: The Construction of the European Miracle Chapter 3: Profit Seeking under Actually Existing Capitalism and Human Development Part II: Capitalist Competition and Human Development in Europe Chapter 4: Combat for Dominance Among the Western European Countries Since the Sixteenth Century Chapter 5: Population Growth and Mortality Between the Sixteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A First Look Chapter 6: The Netherlands: Rise and Fall of a Hegemonic Power Chapter 7: The Delayed Transition of Europe and North America to a Low-Mortality Regime Chapter 8: Literacy in Western Europe Since the Sixteenth Century Part III: Non-European Peoples in the Age of Emergence of European Dominance Chapter 9: Economic Development and the Quality of Life in China Between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries Chapter 10: India under Mughal Rule and After Chapter 11: Conducting Trade in Asia Before and After the European Advent Chapter 12: Reconsidering Japanese Exceptionalism Chapter 13: Capitalist Competition, Colonialism, and the Physical Well-Being of Non-European Peoples Chapter 14: The Civilizing Mission and Racialization: From the Native Americans to the Asians Chapter 15: The Civilizing Mission in Lands Taken by the European Settlers from the Original Inhabitants Chapter 16: Intercontinental Resource Flows Sustaining the Ascent of the European Powers Chapter 17: Colonial Tribute and Profits, 1870s Onward Chapter 18: Demographic Disasters in the Colonies and Semi-Colonies in the High Noon of European Colonialism Part IV: The Twentieth Century: Anti-Systematic Struggles, Wars, and Challenges to Global Capital Chapter 19: Setting the Stage for Megawars Chapter 20: Revolution, Nazism, Japanese Militarism and the Second World War Chapter 21: Imperialism and Wars in the Late Twentieth Century Chapter 22: Capitalism and Uneven Development in the Twentieth Century Chapter 23: Destruction and Renewal in the Global Order of Imperialism and Neoliberalism Chapter 24: Contradictions, Challenges, and Resistance